This week in Winning Post

Miss Rose de Lago upstaged a handful of Group 1 winners when she resumed in the Lawrence Stakes, and she'll be looking to do so again this Saturday in the Group 2 Dato' Tan Chin Nam Stakes at Moonee Valley.

The low-profile Danny O'Brien-trained mare may not have won a Group 1 herself, but she'll pass a million dollars in earnings if she can win the Dato'.

The Dato' heads a cracking program at Moonee Valley, also featuring the Ian McEwen, the Chandler Macleod and the Atlantic Jewel. Meanwhile at Randwick the Tatts Club program features the Chelmsford, the Furious, the Concorde, the Tramway and the Ming Dynasty.

Will Miss Rose de Lago do it again at the Valley? Tony Kneebone's Dato' preview will lead this week's Winning Post.

Our form coverage kicks off on Friday with full form guides for Wyong Cup/Mona Lisa day, Bendigo and Lismore plus fields, colours and selections for Ipswich.

The metro racing this Saturday is at Moonee Valleyin Melbourne, Randwick in Sydney, Morphettville in Adelaide, Eagle Farm in Brisbane and Belmont in Perth.

Winning Post carries full-colour liftout guides for all those meetings plus Warracknabeal (Vic/SA/Tas edition), Hawkesbury (NSW edition) and Gold Coast (Queensland edition), as well as fields, tips, ratings and/or colours for other TAB Saturday cards.

On Sunday we've got liftout formguides for four more TAB meetings including Moree Cup day plus fields, ratings, tips and colours for a stack more Sunday and Monday programs.

Don't forget Winning Post now carries trackwork reports for all four Melbourne training tracks, all three in Sydney, Morphettville in Adelaide and a general Brisbane report.

Away from the form, we've got news columns from Queensland, NSW, six Victorian districts, SA and Tasmania.

Our readers have their say on page 4, while further back in the book Shane Templeton reminisces, Paul Richards presents his unique take on the sport, Tony Kneebone brings you his Snippets column and Number Cruncher delivers the stats that matter.

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Inside Winning Post September 3 edition you'll find liftout form guides for:
Bendigo, Wyong, Lismore
Moonee Valley, Randwick, Morphettville, Eagle Farm, Belmont, Warracknabeal (Vic/SA/Tas edition), Hawkesbury (NSW edition), Gold Coast (Qld edition)
bet365 Geelong, Moree, Sunshine Coast, Hobart
Will Winx be beaten this spring?
Eye Catchers
Each week Paul Richards identifies horses from recent race meetings that he believes are ready to win. Here we update you when they are about to have their next start.
Rosehill Gardens Saturday - R6 N9 Snoopy 2nd
Rosehill Gardens Saturday - R8 N6 Singing 2nd
Rosehill Gardens Saturday - R7 N9 Mediterranean 5th
Caulfield Saturday - R6 N3 Highland Beat 2nd
Caulfield Saturday - R7 N6 Tashbeeh 4th
Caulfield Saturday - R7 N11 Palentino 5th
Letter of the Week

All you need is ...

Although I enjoy reading the betting advice provided by Paul Connors (20/8) and Pittsburgh Phil (13/8), sadly they both omit the most important ingredient needed for successful punting … and that is luck.
No matter how much research you do or how careful the records you keep along with constant odds twitching, unless luck is on your side you are doomed to become a regular client of St Vinnies.
On a number of occasions I have hoisted the white flag simply because my luck temporarily deserted me.
I have discovered from experience that if I have $5 each way my horse invariably gets away cleanly, obtains a clear passage and wins with the proverbial leg in the air. However, if I have $100 or more each way my horse invariably misses the start, gets squeezed out, hits the running rail, snaps a tendon or weighs in light … all things I classify as bad luck.
The most successful punters I ever knew were two work colleagues. They knew little about horses and cared even less. Betting to them was no more than a cold, calculated business venture.
They both bet to systems, which they rigidly adhered to. They bet only when their systems fell into place, but then they unloaded in a big way. Their philosophy was, “It is far better to be rich and unhappy than poor and unhappy.”
Apart from collecting their winnings they got no enjoyment at all from horse racing.
Recently I backed a horse simply because it had the name of my grandson. It won. This was good luck!
Last week I intended to have a sizeable bet on a horse I had been following. I realised I had misjudged the time so I jumped off the tractor, rushed inside and to my horror the betting on the race was closed. However, the horse I intended to back finished midfield so I saved my money. I also classify that as good luck.
I once backed a horse that was narrowly beaten because the jockey had dropped the whip. I classify that as bad luck.
Earlier this year a friend who is a small hobby trainer and a non-bettor (“I can’t buy chaff and bet too”) phoned me to say his three-year-old maiden galloper had trounced his smart handicapper in a workout that day.
“It’s in next Thursday and it’s a certainty!” he assured me. “And you’ll get luxury odds about it.”
On the Thursday I was surprised to see the ridiculously long odds being offered about it and then I noticed that two second-tier city trainers had horses in the same race.
I became suspicious and chickened out, having only a few dollars each way on it. As my friend predicted, his horse won the race easily and paid a handsome dividend. That was neither my good luck nor bad luck. I classify that simply as stupidity.

Swan Hill (Vic)
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Paul Richards introduces a fun formula each week designed to come up with the odd winner for those looking for a small interest or to see if systems really work. On this page he subjects Saturday's fields to one of those systems: